The other day, I posted that my 3yo son was throwing out a lot of “bait” as I like to call it, and we were trying to not take the bait.
While I still think that strategy has its place, I also see that some of my son’s behavior is getting out of hand — e.g., arguing, whining, even yelling — all of it disrespectful.
We don’t have a lot on our schedule today, so it is a good opportunity to lower the boom on these behaviors. He has five “tickets” that I can take away for poor choices on his part. If he loses all five tickets, he spends the remainder of the day in his room. Sounds harsh? Yes, well, I believe that five tickets are plenty to get him through the day.
A lot of people believe that sassing, arguing, whining, and so on are “normal” for a 3-year-old. I agree, but I also believe that normal is not the same as acceptable. If you think that sounds strange, just ask your grandmother or your grandfather, if either is still around, what was expected of children when they were raising children.